Governor Dannel P. Malloy on Tuesday announced that continuing decline in the prison population will lead to the Department of Correction’s closure of the 700-inmate medium-security Enfield Correctional Institution in early 2018, saving $6.5 million in annual operating costs.

“As crime in Connecticut has dropped to its lowest level in two generations, new prison admissions have declined 38 percent over the last ten years, and the prison population has reached its lowest level in 23 years, we’ve been able to create efficiencies by closing outdated facilities and reallocating these resources toward efforts that will further enhance public safety initiatives and keep our neighborhoods even safer,” Malloy said in a statement. “Across the nation, elected leaders from both sides of the aisle are recognizing that these kinds of reforms are working, and Connecticut is leading these efforts. Violent, high-risk inmates are serving more of their original sentences than ever before. We are making real progress and in the process, improving lives and bettering our communities.”

There are currently 14,103 inmates - 836 fewer than last year. The all-time high of 19,894 inmates was reached in 2008. Twitter: @KenDixonCT